REVIEW: ANTONY OWEN’S ‘THE UNKNOWN CIVILIAN’

REVIEW: ANTONY OWEN’S ‘THE UNKNOWN CIVILIAN’

“My hardest battle is tending to a wound that keeps reappearing” writes Owen in the opening poem of his latest collection, The Unknown Civilian (KFS Press, 2020). The title of the poem provides a context (‘A Black Nurse Tends to Wounds’), but if you have followed Owen’s output over the last decade, you might imagine that he is referring to the task of writing about what has been his greatest preoccupation: human armed conflict and its many shadows.

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Announcement: Contributors to The Classified Issue

Announcement: Contributors to The Classified Issue

In The Classified Issue (November 2019), “everyone” was…       JEANNA ANDERSON – 'THOSE FILES ARE CLASSIFIED, MA'AM' Jeanna studied art and creative writing at William Woods University. She is best known for her poetry but is also branching out into the...

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REVIEW: VOYAGE INTO COVENTRY’S TWIN CITY

REVIEW: VOYAGE INTO COVENTRY’S TWIN CITY

By Prabhjot Kaur The Cov-Cork Poetry Exchange returned for its tenth year in August to celebrate the budding talent of its participating poets, a mutual heritage rich in poetry and arts, and the flourishing friendship between the twin cities. Coventry poets, Aysar Ghassan and our very own Raef Boylan, Lead Editor at HCE, travelled to Cork (Republic of Ireland) […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS LEANNE MODEN

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS LEANNE MODEN

Based in the East Midlands, Leanne Moden is a poet, performer and workshop leader. She competes in UK poetry slams and has been a national finalist at the Hammer and Tongue Slam, Poetry Rivals, the Camden Roundhouse Slam, and the Anti Slam. She has also competed at the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam and the Superheroes of Slam. Leanne performs her work at events across the UK and Europe […]

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CLASSIFIED NON-FICTION: ‘Watergate Scandal and the Role of Journalism’ BY PATRICK HOLLIS

CLASSIFIED NON-FICTION: ‘Watergate Scandal and the Role of Journalism’ BY PATRICK HOLLIS

In August 1974, Richard Nixon made a decision which no President in Office had ever done before, and which no President has done since. He resigned. After two long years, the Watergate Scandal forced Nixon to essentially step down from his duties before he was forcefully removed in what was a definitive period in American politics. It began with a break-in at the Democratic Party Headquarters […]

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CLASSIFIED FICTION: ‘THE PROBLEM WITH TIME’ BY KEITH BURDON

CLASSIFIED FICTION: ‘THE PROBLEM WITH TIME’ BY KEITH BURDON

So, when I saw the advert, I couldn’t resist. It called out to me. I don’t even know why I was reading the newspaper. Like most local rags, it’s full of crushingly dull articles that would be of very limited interest to anyone other than those people about whom the article is written. […]

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CLASSIFIED FICTION: ‘GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE’ BY WARREN PAUL GLOVER

CLASSIFIED FICTION: ‘GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE’ BY WARREN PAUL GLOVER

The lock of the door of the Penelope Feathers’ Detective Agency turned with a click, and into the darkness stepped a tall, elegant figure. The figure walked confidently and knowingly towards a filing cabinet, the stiletto heels breaking the silence on the polished wooden floor. The top drawer of the cabinet rolled open and, with a clink, a drink was poured and the dark contents of the crystal goblet drained with the celebration of […]

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CLASSIFIED FICTION: ‘SIGNALS’ BY PAUL BRADLEY

CLASSIFIED FICTION: ‘SIGNALS’ BY PAUL BRADLEY

There isn’t much privacy in flats. I rarely speak to my neighbours, but I know their habits and routines. Above my bedroom is their kitchen. I know this because at tea time I stand on top of a step-ladder to be close to the ceiling so I can get snippets. The father, Jim, likes rugby league. The kids wind him up and sometimes he chases them around roaring like a monster. The mother, Anwen, tolerates this kind of thing but […]

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